|he really is adorable|
Which is why I thought it was really suspicious that Mr Calm and Cool was all of a sudden losing his marbles and spooking at all kinds of random things. ALERT ALERT ALERT ARENA DOOR AHEAD sort of nonsense.
I recognize that it's winter and the cold weather+sometimes limited turnout can cause some behavior changes, but that didn't really feel right. There was something else going on.
|MUST YOU TAKE ANOTHER SUNSET PIC|
So what happens when my usually non-spooky horse leaps dramatically away from the in-gate of the indoor arena?
Well, I look for what scared him, which means I take a little leg off and let him drop impulsion and maybe give up the contact and...
Ding ding ding!! We have a winner.
It was so obvious when I put it in those terms. I had just been talking to a friend of mine and remarking how sweet he's been and wondering where his jackass/smart/evasive side was. Yeah, right there on the surface. Where it always is.
With that in mind, I put Courage on the bit and made him do ring figures. If he had time to invert and look up, his brain wasn't working hard enough. If he spooked, I kept leg on and rode forward. If he told me he wanted to spook, I pushed the reins at him and rode forward to keep from bracing.
|plus he looks great in my cooler collection|
In fairness, after I hopped off, he had a massive spook in place. Because you know, cold weather+limited turnout really is a thing. It's just not as big of a thing as he wanted me to think it was.
He's such a bastard. It's why I love him.